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Jackie Bradley celebrated first win at Applebee’s

Jackie Bradley helped the Red Sox to an Opening Day win over the Yankees.

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Jackie Bradley helped the Red Sox to an Opening Day win over the Yankees.

After making his debut for the Red Sox – a triumphant 8-2 win in which he impressed with his base running, defense and patience at the plate – rookie Jackie Bradley Jr. celebrated with his family in New York City’s Times Square.

At Applebee’s.

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“We all went out to Times Square and just hung out because my family has never been to Times Square,” Bradley said on WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan morning show on Tuesday. “I wanted to show them what the big city bright lights had to offer. So we all went to Applebee’s.”

With a large family contingent, one has to wonder how he was able to procure a big enough table at the chain restaurant, in Times Square, nonetheless.

“I was able to sneak right on in there,” Bradley said. “I’m not a well known face.”

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Against the Yankees on Opening Day, Bradley finished 0 for 2 at the plate, with three walks and a strikeout. He scored two runs. He was asked whether he was surprised he drew a walk against Yankees ace C.C. Sabathia after going down 0-2 in the count.

“Very, because as a rookie you want to swing the bat and show what you can do,” he said. “But I also wanted to stick with my approach and try to work him a bit.”

Bradley certainly wowed observers when he tracked down a deep shot by Robinson Cano in left field.

“I didn’t get a good jump off Cano’s ball because he surprised me,” Bradley said. “I was able to get back there in time. I guess I have to give him a little more respect next time.”

The 22-year-old outfielder said he was calm for his first big league experience.

“I’m a pretty relaxed guy,” he said. “I like to chill, take it on. If I get down 0-2, what’s the worst that can happen?”

The hosts repeatedly asked Bradley if he would re-sign in 2019, when his first shot at free agency could occur.

“Yeah, we shall see,” said Bradley laughing. “I hope I’m still alive then.”

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